Interior design trends can change at the flick of a switch. If, like us, you love staying current, redesigning your home every six months can get a little pricey. To help keep your bank balance looking a little healthier (and to stop your partner from tearing their hair out over your latest purchase), we’ve put together this handy little infographic packed with tips for updating your home.
Because we have a budget to work to we’ve included splurge, save and DIY options – so you can update your home without going over your own limit. If you want to find out where to find the tutorials or items included in our graphic, you’ll find them all after the image.
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AzkoNobel (you might know these better as the parent company of popular paint brand, Dulux) chose Copper Orange as their colour of the year for 2015:
They say that from their experiences across the globe from Stockholm to Milan and Shanghai, metallic colour tones are incredibly important to the development of modern design. With delicate pink and orange undertones, it’s easy to see why copper is going to be one of the bigger trends to jump aboard this year; it’s surprising, warm, and beautiful.
I think it’s safe to say that it’ll definitely be making an appearance in our home this year.
Adding this beautiful metallic hue to your home need not cost the earth. In fact, a quick trip to your local DIY store and a couple of pounds could be all you need to introduce copper to your home. Don’t believe us? Just check out these super-easy DIY projects from some of our favourite (and incredibly talented) bloggers:
The Merrythought is a gorgeous blog run by three lovely ladies; Caitlin, Manda and Marla. Combined they make a real DIY and craft triple-threat, bringing you beautiful tutorials for everything from jewelry to food and home décor. If you’re going to check out their site, we’d recommend grabbing a hot drink and maybe a biscuit or two – you’ll be pinning photographs like crazy!
What we’re interested in today though is their gorgeous DIY copper candle. You only need six items to make these beautiful candles. They’d make great gifts, but make sure you keep a few for yourself – they’d look incredible piled up on a mirrored tray a la Ruth at The Design Sheppard.
When we stumbled upon Ashley’s post during our regular lunch-break trawl of Poppytalk we knew that we had to include her adorable copper planters in this post. Combining not one, but two current trends (succulents and copper, keep up!) these cute little planters would make a welcome addition to any room in your home.
The best part is – you only need three materials – and one of those is probably already in your pantry(!)
Saving your pennies for something special but can’t just let the copper craze pass you by? Check out these value-for-money steals:
Copper tealight holder – £7 from John Lewis
Twisted black and copper lamp – £40 from John Lewis
Copper photo frame – £7 from Paperchase
Got a little bit more cash to splash? Check out these beauties:
London candle – £55 from Tom Dixon
Copper and marble desk lamp – £165 at Holly’s House
Copper trays – £168 Amara
Copper and glass hanging frame – £14 Oliver Bonas
Apartment Therapy have heralded concrete and as a key trend for 2015, and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s inexpensive and pretty easy to work with, not to mention that the rough and ready industrial look is all the rage right now. If you don’t live in a converted loft but still want a piece of the action, look no further than our DIY, save and splurge concrete finds.
Concrete is readily available in most DIY stores. If you’ve ever done any work on the outside of your house, it’s likely that you’ve probably got a bag of ready mix stuff lying around already.
After just five minutes of scrolling through A Daily Something, we fell in love. Not just with Rebecca herself, but her gorgeous family too! As well as sneak peeks into the daily life of the Gallop family, Rebecca shares beautifully shot and executed DIY and inspiration posts too!
What caught our eye this time round was a tutorial for some incredibly chic and simple cement coasters. Not only will they be incredibly hard wearing, but you can also totally customise them too – copper accents, anyone?
So we think that Aileen might be our spirit animal. Like us, she likes using smiley faces and exclamation points more often than is probably acceptable, loves ice cream and popcorn, and a good ol’ cheesy joke.
As you might have guessed from our post on ways to display your favourite books, we’re a bunch of bookworms here at Express Doors Direct, so it’s no surprise that Aileen’s concrete letters tutorial made its way straight to the top of our must-do-DIY list!
We know we’ve given you a whole bunch of money saving DIY’s, but if you don’t fancy giving it a go yourself, then may these will satisfy your concrete cravings:
Dipped concrete vase – £12.50 from Cox & Cox
If you’re not of the DIY-persuasion then feast your eyes on these delights:
Concrete pendant light – £85 from Horsfall and Wright
A and Z concrete bookends – £45 from Future and Found
Concrete lamp – £150 from French Connection
Concrete brogue planters – £69.95 from The London Garden Trading
Concrete bowl – £45 from Marks & Spencers
According to Elle Décor, quirky stripes are the New Year’s hottest design trend both in terms of interior design and fashion! Whether you’re a fan of the classic Breton, or something a little more “out there”, let us help you get your fix:
If you haven’t visited Elise’s blog before – where have you been? Crawl out from under your rock right now and get up to speed with her amazing tutorials. If you’re a bride to be, you can thank us for introducing you later as you’ll be too wrapped up in her incredible wedding round-up!
Back to the main point though – this DIY isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s relatively inexpensive but can be a little time-consuming. Dedicated yourself to the cause though and you’ll be rewarded with the most b.e.a.utiful desk you’ve ever laid eyes on.
At Express Doors Direct, we just adore the girls at A Beautiful Mess, but it was this guest post by Mandi Johnson of Making Nice in the Midwest that really caught our eye. Transform those plain candlesticks in to a gorgeous centrepiece or focal point for any room in the house.
It’s a simple DIY that even the most craft-phobic should attempt – you won’t regret it! Promise!
Sarah’s been featured on the likes of Apartment Therapy, Houzz, and CNN, so you know she’s the real deal when it comes to DIY. Her blog is filled to the brim with awesome tutorials that are designed to help you transform your house in to a home. Prepare for some dirty hands but big smiles all round!
The striped painted rug might sound like hard work, but Sarah guides you through it step by step. In fact, it’ll only take you about two and a half hours to go from plain boring rug to totally unique statement piece. What’s not to love about that?
Okay, so this might be a Valentine’s DIY from last year, but we absolutely loved it so just had to include it in our round-up! An old tray, a little contact paper and a few rolls of washi tape go a long way!
Not only would this tray be gorgeous for serving up breakfast in bed to your honey, but we’d also love to use it as a little display tray on a coffee table. Picture it topped with a couple of artfully arranged magazines and maybe one of Ashley’s copper planters and you’re on to a winner!
Get the look without breaking the bank. We couldn’t live without these cheap and cheerful striped accessories:
Cotton cushion covers – £3.99 from H&M
Forgoing a couple of nights out in a month could save you enough pennies to buy these gorgeous striped items for your home:
Underground lines tray – £21.99 from Lakeland
Crossing dining table – £POA from Avenue Road
Rosie stripe rug – £175 from John Lewis
Square piped cushions – £24 from Deckchair Stripes
Peter Reed waffle wool throw – £385 from Harrods
We’d love to know what 2015 you’re going to try and incorporate in to your home this year – let us know in the comments below.
Pssst – if you know of any other bargains, splurges or DIY’s you think we should include in here, just let us know. We’ve always got our eyes peeled for amazing buys, but sometimes a few just slip through the net!
We’d also just like to take a moment to say thank you to the wonderful bloggers who gave us their permission to use their images. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for being so lovely and sharing your creative talents with us all!